cyathus

noun
cy·​a·​thus | \ ˈsīəthəs \

Definition of cyathus

1 or kyathos \ ˈkīəˌthäs \ plural cyathi\ -​ˌthī \ or kyathoi\ -​ˌthȯi \ : a long-handled cup or earthenware ladle used especially in ancient Greece for filling drinking cups with wine
2 plural cyathi [New Latin, from Latin] : any small cup-shaped cavity or organ of a plant especially : cupule sense 1c
3 capitalized [New Latin, from Latin] : a genus of bird's-nest fungi having the fruit body narrowed at the base and flaring at the top — compare nidulariaceae

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History and Etymology for cyathus

Latin & Greek; Latin cyathus, from Greek kyathos; akin to Greek koilos hollow

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“Cyathus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyathus. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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